Leave the baking sheet in the cabinet, and bake a batch of golden brown cornbread biscuits atop a tasty mix of beef and bell peppers, on the table in 45 minutes. This dinner-in-a-skillet packs generous amounts of beef, mushrooms, and red peppers; the tastes meld with the cornbread biscuits as they bake together.

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David Loftus

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a small bowl, whisk together cornmeal, 1/2 cup flour, baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; set aside.

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  • In a large ovenproof skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add peppers, onion, and mushrooms; season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender, 6 to 8 minutes, tossing occasionally.

  • Raise heat to high; add beef and tomato paste. Cook, stirring, until meat is no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons flour and 2/3 cup water; season with salt and pepper.

  • Make cornmeal batter: Add sour cream and egg to reserved cornmeal mixture; stir just until moistened. Drop tablespoons of batter over beef mixture in skillet, 1 inch apart. Bake until biscuits are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 15 to 20 minutes.

Cook's Notes

A measuring spoon works just fine, but it’s neater to release batter with a tablespoon-size scoop, ensuring all the biscuits are equal in size so they’re done at the same time.

Reviews (26)

126 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 22
  • 3 star values: 55
  • 2 star values: 33
  • 1 star values: 6
Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2014
See earlier note: 1 c. cornmeal (not cornbread!). Under "MEAT," the ingredients are in addition to the 1 1/2 lbs. ground sirloin. For additional flavor, I brown the onions and mushrooms, each separately and set aside. Then, I sauté the peppers and add the garlic and seasonings to bloom their flavors and set this mixture aside. Finally, I brown the meat (adding salt and pepper) and then add the tom. paste and diced tomatoes with its liquid. Combine all "MEAT" ingredients and adjust seasonings.
Rating: 5 stars
05/05/2014
A very good foundational recipe, easily adapted for your individual family. Here's my riff: CORNBREAD--1 c. yellow cornbread, 1/4 c. all purpose flour, 1 T white sugar, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt (sea), 1/4 tsp baking soda, 1 egg, 3/4 c. sour cream, 1 T melted butter, add to batter 1/2 c. fresh or frozen corn. MEAT--baby bellas, 1/2 c. tom. paste, 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tom, 2 T minced garlic, 1 jalapeño, 2 tsp chili powder, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1 T brown sugar, 1/4 tsp cayenne. Raves!
Rating: Unrated
12/13/2013
This is a family favorite with one change - I mix in a little chili powder for a little more flavor. The cornbread recipe turned out well for me, sometimes I mix in a little cheddar.
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Rating: Unrated
07/10/2012
My family loves this recipe. I took out the peppers, onion n mushrooms as I am allergic to most vegitables. But even without the ruffage it was a big hit. Thanks Martha
Rating: Unrated
03/13/2011
This dish definitely needed some more spice. I added in some Tony's and it tasted great. The cornbread though, was not so good. Next time I make this dish, I will use Jiffy cornbread mix instead.
Rating: Unrated
02/01/2011
I added 1 jalapeno
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Rating: Unrated
02/01/2011
I added 1 jalapeno
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01/30/2011
This is a great recipe. I added crushed red pepper and powdered garlic. It could still use more spice so next time I'll add one diced jalapeno.
Rating: Unrated
01/10/2011
I used a couple canned chipotle peppers with some sauce, and worchestershire sauce for the beef portion. I also nixed the tomato paste and added a small can of diced tomatoes. The cornbread had a wonderful light-cakey texture, but was a bit tart from the sour cream, so next time I'm going to substitute a little melted butter for some of the sour cream and maybe even add some corn and/or honey to the batter as well to bring out more corn flavor. Other than that, I'm ready for more!
Rating: Unrated
09/19/2010
Made the biscuits with soy sour cream and added 2 spoonfuls of sugar, they came out great! The filling needs some spices, maybe rosemary or thyme, but was pretty tasty. My husband had thirds.
Rating: Unrated
08/20/2010
This was kind of bland, even after I added worscestershire sauce and paprika and a bit of cumin. Ok for a regular cheap weeknight meal.
Rating: Unrated
02/27/2010
I like to use corn instead of mushrooms (drained canned or thawed frozen) and more seasoning - depending on my mood maybe chili powder or Italian or ...
Rating: Unrated
10/23/2009
This was really good. Next time, I'd probably add a little more salt and some sugar to the biscuits. I used a 9x13 pan instead of a skillet. Definitely something I'll make again.
Rating: Unrated
05/11/2009
This was a very good basic recipe. Adjust according to what your family likes to make it your own. I used sliced fennel instead of mushrooms. This one is a keeper!
Rating: Unrated
03/06/2009
I reduced the meat to 1 lb. and added a couple of garlic cloves to the peppers and onion. Other than that, I stuck to the recipe. I think the garlic was a definite improvement. My husband really liked it and even enjoyed the leftovers.
Rating: Unrated
02/26/2009
I think when cooking for your family and trying to keep a budget in mind I am always looking to stretch my meals. Using the leftovers from Italian Pot Roast...I cut the meat into bite size pieces and stirred it back in to the vegetables and added one small can of tomato sauce. Baked in 350 oven until bubbly added drop cornbread biscuits (jiffy mix) with a little parmesan and baked until golden. It was great. I did not have all the ingredients for this recipe as given so I improvised.
Rating: Unrated
02/26/2009
When trying a new recipe, I stick to it . In 30 years of cooking I have only thrown a dish out once--now twice. The corn bread was dry and tasteless. The meat was worse. If I ever tried it again, which I won't, I would greatly doctor it up with spices. It had no flavor. I understand the idea of simple ingredients, but it would be nice to have suggestions of spices that would work for people who are nove very experienced cooks.
Rating: Unrated
02/25/2009
I thought this was a a very good dish. I always add a step after stirring in the flour and water at this point in the recipe: taste and adjust seasonings. If you don't like the way it tastes at this point, you won't like the way the dish tastes at the end. And always understand that the onion and red peppers will have varying sweetness which will cause the recipe to need adjusting. I also used my own cornbread recipe, adding the sour cream to it. YUMMY
Rating: Unrated
02/25/2009
I plan to use my leftover italian pot roast and vegetables(from everyday food). Just cut the meat into small pieces. I will add my own drop cornbread biscuits and bake.I will let you know how it turns out.
Rating: Unrated
02/25/2009
It does tell you to preheat oven to 425 and then says...Bake until biscuits are golden brown... That seems clear that you take the skillet and put it in the oven for the cornmeal biscuit baking. re seasoning, taste certainly varies and this seems mild (yes, bland enough for small children). Adults can add their own heat -chiles, sauce etc Just reading the recipe, I'd say it's a good one to teach children (adults) a basic recipe/technique, and a one pan meal to boot.
Rating: Unrated
01/09/2009
This is absolutely disgusting!!! I read the reviews and used southwest seasoning in the meat mixture. That didn't even help. The cornbread has a very odd flavor, tastes nothing like cornbread. The meat mixture was bland. Also, it burned on the bottom while I was waiting for the cornbread to cook. The recipe isn't very clear. It says "bake 15 to 20 minutes. Well normally bake means to put it in the oven. It also does not say to turn the heat down after raising it to high.
Rating: Unrated
09/26/2008
I made the cornbread skillet pie last night and it was a big hit with the family. I made some changes, however. I used only 1 lb. of beef and 1 pepper. I used prepared salsa in place of the tomato paste, 2 tbsp. flour and water. It added the perfect zip to the dish. I also left out the mushrooms because I didn't have any.
Rating: Unrated
09/24/2008
Great recipe---Bringing back /stick to the ribs cooking. Kids need to get away from McD. How about a recipe for pasties. ??? Minn. has take out on this (like a pot pie) in a pastry crust. Finnish made them for iron ore workers for their lunch pails. Turnips/potato/carrots /beef ..keep up the good work.
Rating: Unrated
05/07/2008
I haven't tried this yet, but I think looking at your comments, I will put some kidney beans and chili/taco seasoning in it.
Rating: Unrated
03/12/2008
This is the first and only Everyday Food recipe that was a real bomb. The taste was extremely bland and nobody, including me, liked it. These were also some of the worst tasting biscuit/dumplings I've ever made. :-(
Rating: Unrated
01/20/2008
Though my family said the dish was good, it lacked a little "oomph" which would have made it great. I might add some adobo seasoning next time to give it some kick.